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The story of a pregnant teenager has been making the headlines in India. Lakshmi (not her real name) is 19 years old, but her mental age is said to be only around eight. She became pregnant after allegedly being raped in a government-run care home, and the state authorities petitioned the local courts to allow them to carry out an abortion.
But then came the twist - her lawyers and several disability rights groups appealed to the Supreme Court. It overruled the original judgement - allowing her to have the baby she said she wanted to keep.
However, medical professionals who examined Lakshmi said she could not look after a baby. Psychologists say she suffers from "mild mental retardation" and has a low IQ.
The Supreme Court agreed with Ms Bedi. In its ruling, the court said: "Nature will take care of the orphan mother and child."
Is it right to allow mentally handicapped people to reproduce if their child will inherit the same disease/condition as its parents?
Originally posted by Elliot
With the greatest respect to the OP, should an innocent child be killed just because its mother is not very bright and because its conception was brought about in a violent manner?
This child is innocent.
How quickly we forget that and how quickly we have forgotten that its mother is also innocent.
so killing is the answer?
I think not!
I have also met many very intelligent 8 year old girls who could give many adults a run for their money in the intelligence stakes!!!
But how on earth can a legal team overrule the original judgement?
So tell me how can they allow, to be blunt, a retarded young adult with a mental age of 8 to look after a baby?
Granted she doesn't have the mind of a woman. But IMO, she doesn't have the mind to say yes or no to an abortion either. Therefore, the court should intervene on the safe side and let nature takes its course.
Whatever money that comes from a lawsuit (if allowed) due to the rape, should be put in a trust fund for the child.
I really don't think she will have to look after the child herself. I'm sure she would get help for her baby just like she was able to get help for her condition.
Should government make mentally ill women get fixed so they don't have kids in the first place just because they are not capable of taking care of their children?
Originally posted by nixie_nox
Many mentally challenged adults have lived in their own homes and raised children.
IQ doesn't mean everything. I have seen some pretty smart adults treat children pretty badly.
Those who have mental challenges used to be considred touched by the gods in some tribes because they were so happy.
A home with a happy mother, not a bad thing.
And I am sure the mother will be provided with plenty of help.
Poor thing, who rapes someone like that?